Episode Five



Episode 5

Episode 5

  • To provide  non-EU participants with contextual Leeds/EU cultural experiences
  • To hold a series of exploratory performance workshops
  • For these workshops to form the basis for public performance, which will stage the results of the encounters in a way that fully addresses the artistic and emotional experience of the audience.
  • To explore the different training techniques required & explore ways of suing the differences as a pedagogic route to getting students and young people to think about the nature of music via a radically different tradition
  • To hold a Chinese opera master class
  • To hold a young person’s education workshop
  • To expand and deepen the foci on specific themes by different participant groups
  • To document the processes on film, photograph and paper.
  • To plan for next meeting


Wednesday 15th  April


Opera North       Tour of theatre, meeting key personnel   and observation of rehearsals of Paradise Moscow

Afternoon :

Seminar on project to date with senior staff from the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (PVAC)

Thursday 16th April

CAT  –  all day  performance workshop



Open seminar   : education, training, participation,    (Arts education and the place for opera, professionals and amateurs, the training, careers and status of opera participants; audiences)   audience of university staff, arts organisations and local government

Chair: Derek Scott.   Key speakers:  Jon Price (Education Leeds)    Gary Hargreaves (Consultant)    Gill Parks  (Pavilion Arts  Gallery and Project Commissioners)   Rebecca Walsh (Opera North) Susan Daniels (UoL)

lunch with staff and students in stage@leeds foyer


(a)      Opera North :   the company and  European Opera;      the DARE project

                 Speakers –  Richard Mantle (CO), Ric Green (Technical Director) Lesley Patrick (DARE Project Manager)         

                 Hazel Arthur (Marketing Director )

(b)      Tour of West Yorkshire Playhouse

(c)     Participation in meeting of the Leeds branch of the Arts Marketing Association  (c 50 people) with meeting focus on entrepreneurship in the arts.

ALL – Evening  – meal hosted by Professor David Cooper, Dean of PVAC

Friday 17th April

CAT –  all day  performance workshop



 Open seminar  :   funding and organisation of the arts in Europe and China  (Role of government, entrepreneurs, community groups)    Chair P Collis   audience of university staff/students, arts organisations and local government

Lunch with staff and students in stage@leeds foyer

Afternoon: open lecture and seminar    The strange case of the Finnish Opera Explosion : presentation  by Professor Cantell & Dr Lisamaija Hautsala

Audience of c 40 from university staff/students , arts organisations and local government

ALL – evening – 

Tour of Grand Theatre, Howard Assembly Rooms

Attendance at performance of Songs and Dances of Death with  Sergei Leiferkus and Julius Drake

Saturday 18th  April


Free for individuals to visit cultural attractions including a Leeds Museum for special guided tour


Meet the trustees and senior staff of Opera North at a V.I.P.  Reception and   attend the premiere of the opera Paradise Moscow

Sunday 19th  April


Free for individuals

Afternoon – 

CAT performance workshops

 CCG –   individual and group meetings on the university campus or visit to City of York


Attendance at Shostakovich & the Art of Survival in Stalin’s Russia: words and music – Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North

Monday 20th  April

Morning – 

CAT   – open workshop for    UoL year 3 and MA students with observing audience of staff & students followed by panel chaired by Dr Ruru Li    

CCG – attend open workshop or observe other taught classes at the University


 CAT with Opera North education staff holding workshops for primary children at the Little London Primary School


  1. open lecture and seminar Bond meets Bregenz. 
    Daniel Knapp on the implications of the ‘opera season’ and how an Opera company could/should engage with other arts forms and with business to an audience of  university staff/students, arts organisations and local government
  2. archiving performance – visit to University library ,  Dr Chris Senior and Dr Jonathan Ainsworth Repository Officer , practical interrogation of the digital archives and discussion of the issues in recording creative process as well as product.

Evening :   

CAT workshops with OPUS (Opera North young people’s club) at Opera North  

CCG  observe workshops or free evening

Tuesday 21st  April

Morning/early afternoon

CAT   performance workshops    / prepare presentation

CCG   – Meeting with international group of  arts students 

              Prepare presentations

Late Afternoon

Presentations of the project  to invited audience drawn from week’s


Meal hosted UoL

PVAC – cultural space

Consultants presentation overview


Introduction to DARE

Two mothers – a modern perspective